Pernille
Mathiesen

Residence
Holstebro, Denmark
Age
21
Nickname
Nils, Niller, Pips
Height
184cm
Twitter
@PMathiesen_
Hobbies
Friends, family, baking
Favourite food
Chocolate and cakes
Favourite TV show
Friends
Favourite holiday destination
Denmark
Favourite race
World champs

 

Double U23 European champion in time trial and road in 2017, Pernille is a star in the making. Quiet, caring and unassuming, the 21-year-old has proven herself to be a strong time-triallist, and also has a desire to hone her all-round racing skills amongst the best at Team Sunweb.

The 2016 Gracia Orlova stage winner said: “Joining this team last season was a huge step up for me, and they have everything I need to be a better rider. It’s about improving yourself all the time, and I really like that concept.

“The team has helped me a lot. It’s super motivating to be ready to race for them – not just for me, but to help my team too. Of course there are bad days, but I really love to ride my bike. That’s for sure.”

 

Pernille Mathiesen | Team Sunweb
Pernille Mathiesen | Team Sunweb
Pernille Mathiesen | Team Sunweb

But cycling wasn’t in her plans growing up, both swimming and playing handball. Her two older brothers started riding, and it was the most convenient option for her parents if Pernille also took up the sport.

“Every weekend my whole family was away racing and it was easiest for me to join in. I was eight years old then and started doing it for fun. Soon, I really loved the sport and felt this was what I wanted to do. I love racing, to win, and to achieve your goals. That is the best feeling when you’ve been working so hard.”

The Spring Classics are a big target for the young Dane, as is working on her long term development, such as positioning in the peloton.

Results

2019
1 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Youth Classification
2 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour
2 Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta
2 National Championships Denmark WE Road Race
2 National Championships Denmark WE ITT
4 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Stage 5 (ITT)
7 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Team Time Trial
7 Amgen Tour of California Womens Race empowered with SRAM Youth Classification
8 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Stage 1
9 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Stage 3
2018
1 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Team Time Trial
2 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
2 National Championships Denmark WE ITT
3 World Championships WE TTT
3 BeNe Ladies Tour Prologue
4 National Championships Denmark WE Road Race
5 European Continental Championships WE ITT
6 Healthy Ageing Tour Youth Classification
6 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Mountains Classification
9 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Stage 7 (ITT)
2017
1 European Continental Championships WU23 Road Race
1 European Continental Championships WU23 ITT
2 National Championships Denmark WE ITT
2 Boels Rental Ladies Tour Youth Classification
4 National Championships Denmark WE Road Race
5 World Championships WE TTT
6 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
7 Healthy Ageing Tour Team Time Trial
7 Healthy Ageing Tour Youth Classification
14 World Championships WE ITT